Aspen is a junior at UCF, currently pursuing a degree in Biology, on the marine science track, and minoring in environmental studies. Aspen aspires to get his masters degree after graduation and in the future, become a conservationist in order to defend threatened and endangered marine organisms. In the Gaither Lab, Aspen assists in DNA extractions and PCR of Syngnathiformes from the Gulf of Mexico and neighboring bodies of water around Florida’s coast.